News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - There have been several reports of alligators in north Alabama in recent weeks, including in the Tennessee River. The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office reported that an alligator was recently spotted by a man walking on a county road. In Decatur, parks and recreation officials warned residents to be on alert after a gator was spotted on walking trails at Port Mallard State Park.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed an anti-voyeurism bill. The legislation signed Tuesday outlaws "upskirting." That's when a photo is taken up a women's skirt or blouse without her consent. The bill sponsored by Republican state Sen. Clyde Chambliss makes it a misdemeanor to take an image without a person's consent. It becomes a Class C felony if the image is taken and then disseminated on social media or adult themed websites.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Three new Alabama license plates are coming online next month. The Alabama Department of Revenue says plates for Colon Cancer Awareness, Prostate Cancer Research and Thank a Lineman have exceeded the minimum number of pre-commitments and will be available for sale beginning July 1. WAFF-TV reports the plates cost an additional $50.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Planned Parenthood is building a new women's clinic in Alabama despite the state's near-total ban on abortions. A spokeswoman says the facility is set to open late this year and plans to offer a full slate of services including abortion. But abortion opponents hope the opening is blocked by the new law, state health regulators or public pressure. Planned Parenthood is among the groups that have sued trying to overturn the new Alabama law.
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